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Bushcraft Fundamentals Course

Bushcraft Fundamentals Course


Course Location: Oxfordshire, Derbyshire or East Lothian- Scotland

Course Time: 09.30 - 16.30

Course Duration: 1 day

Course size: 16 persons max

Course Age Range: 18+

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Bushcraft Fundamentals Course

Our Foundations Skills Bushcraft and Survival Course.

Whether you are a complete novice or an outdoors expert our Woodland Ways Bushcraft Fundamentals course will introduce you to the essential skills of bushcraft and survival and teach you how to utilise these effectively in a survival situation.

This course is aimed at those who might not have the time or confidence to attend the weekend or overnight experience. It is designed to develop and introduce skills to you but also introduce you to Woodland Ways' philosophy on Bushcraft and survival skills.

One of our most popular courses, this course covers the basic skills required to survive and is based on the four main principles of survival; fire, food, shelter and water.

Throughout theday our highly knowledgeable instructors will guide you through the process of identifying exactly what we need to survive as a species and give you the skills and knowledge to be able to keep yourself and others alive in a potential survival situation.

You will be given practical hands-on experience on; how to build an emergency shelter using only natural materials from the woodland, collect and purify contaminated water and make it safe to drink, prepare your own wild food including foraging for wild plants and being shown how they can be utilised, and taught several different means of establishing a fire including site selection, material selection and the ignition sources while out in the woods.

This one-day course takes place at a number of our nationwide locations: Haddon Hall Estate in Derbyshire, our 250-acre woodland in Oxfordshire and at our Scottish venue only 20 miles east of Edinburgh. Don't forget if any of these venues are unsuitable, we can always come to you!

The course adapts to the changing seasons, but below is a typical example of the Bushcraft Fundamentals Course.

From the meeting point, the kit is slung onto our backs and we walk into the woodland. During this walk, your instructors will introduce you to some of the useful forageable materials that surround us and the absolute abundance of resources that the woodland provides and how we can utilise these to increase our chances of survival.

Upon arrival at camp and following an initial safety brief, you are issued with your own Bushcraft Knife for the day which you will use to process the various materials we will need for everyday woodland tasks. It's then time to get stuck into looking at safe shelter construction; specifically location, materials, and design. This culminates in the group building a one-man kennel shelter and an arctic lean-to shelter.

Everything in the outdoors takes longer than most people are used to and so we then get straight into preparing lunch. You do not catch your own food on this course; all is provided either still in the fur, in the feather or in the skin (vegetarian options are always available). Here our instructors will guide you through the preparation of your food which will then be cooked over the open fire as part of a delicious lunch. Just because we are in the woods it doesn't mean we don't eat well.

While we digest out delicious woodsman lunch it is time to turn our attentions to the crucial tasks of collection and purification of water. With an absolute wealth of knowledge and real-world experience, you instructors will explain why water is so crucial to us as a species, especially in a survival situation, and the added health implications of not being well hydrated. They will discuss with you practical and predictable methods of finding sources of water in a multitude of different environments from around the world and how to apply them.

Once you have found your wild water it is then time to make it safe to drink. Your instructors will take you through the many approaches of filtering and purifying your water and demonstrate a range of different equipment which will aid you in this process, from elaborate pump systems to improvised, out in the field filters.

Following on from water processing it is time to focus on the exciting and essential skill of fire lighting. The rest of the afternoon will be dedicated solely to different methods of igniting a fire, including how to use a fire steel, flint and steel, friction fire lighting and the various tinders that can be used with each method to successfully light a fire. Care will be taken to explain precisely how to site and manage a fire safely as well as the different wood types to select.

After the excitement of fire lighting, we sling our kit onto our backs and make our way to the entrance to say our farewells.

  • Oxfordshire


    Nestling on the banks of the River Thames we have sole access to a 250 Acre Private Woodlands just outside the Village of Appleton, in Oxfordshire. With 125 Acres designated as SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) there is an abundance of flora and fauna. With a mixed canopy throughout the woodlands and a mosaic of habitats this woodlands provides us with amazing resources, with Oak, Ash, Beech, Birch, Hazel, Hawthorn, Cherry, Blackthorn and more. We have resident populations of Muntjac, Roe and Fallow Deer. Plus a huge variety of other fauna with almost daily sightings of Stoat, Tawny Owl, Buzzard, Red Kite and so much more. We operate all of our courses here for individuals to book on to, including our Woodland Ways Weekend, we also offer private bookings, school bookings, stag do's and corporate events.

    Toilet facilities are available my means of composting toilets and a portaloo. There are central covered teaching area's within the woodlands comprising of timber and canvas structures.

    This wonderful wonderful woodlands is situated within 45 minutes of West London and the local train station (Oxford) is less than a 15 minute cab ride away. Please ensure when travelling to the venue you use the directions and not rely on Sat Nav in order to prevent getting lost.

  • Derbyshire - Haddon Hall Estate


    Set in the Heart of the stunning Peak District National Park our woodlands are based on this beautiful 3800 acre historical estate, home to Lord and Lady Edward Manners. A warm and caring family estate, woodlands comprise over 600 acres, and our beautiful camp is nestled on the banks of the river Wye. Surrounded by a mature mixed canopy of Oak, Ash, Birch, and numerous conifers the diverse mix of flora is home to a wondferful array of large and small fauna. You may spot Fallow, or see the sign of badger, and will be immersed into a cacophany of bird noise as you share the home of owl, buzzard, woodpecker and more.

This course can be purchased as an 18 month voucher, to book online choose "36 month voucher" from the options above and we will email the details over to you. Alternatively if you are purchasing this course as a gift we can post you a full colour gift presentation pack for just £4.25, just choose posted instead of emailed delivery option. Or contact us by phone to make the arrangements.

Call Us: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days)

We’re happy to take course bookings and payments over the phone. Simply give us a call and we’ll place the booking for you before emailing through confirmation. Alternatively, drop us an email at and we’ll call you back.

If your course booking is for a gift, no problem, just let us know at the time of booking and we’ll email you a personalised gift certificate or 18-month voucher to print at home. Or, for a small supplement, we’ll print out a gift pack and pop it in the post for you.